I was recently advised that nursing homes are only required to provide minimal care to its residents in regards to wound care and sores. I am confused as to what exactly is minimal care? Does this mean just wrapping a sore with gauze but not medicating or cleansing sores. Would this be considered providing minimal care? The sores I am referring to was so infected that the patient was sent to the ER after the nursing facility tried to dissuade the family from having the resident sent to the ER. On admission the patient was dehydrated, low blood count, and was septic. The patient passed away within a day.